Hockey East News, Notes, and Coaches Poll

Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna has signed a 3-year extension with the conference. (photo: hockeyeastonline.com)

Hockey East held its annual Media Day at TD Garden recently and along with coaches and team captains meeting with members of the media, the conference made several announcements and also presented the annual preseason coaches poll.

Bertagna’s New Deal

An announcement that was welcomed by everyone in attendance was that Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna has been signed to a three-year contract extension. The extension will see Bertagna continue with the conference through the 2019-20 season. The Harvard alum is in his 20th season with Hockey East. Bertagna has served as an administrator at the collegiate level for a total of 35 seasons which include 15 with ECAC hockey.

14 Games Added to TV Package

American Sports Network will produce an additional 14 games to the New England Sports Network (NESN) television schedule.

The year’s slate of games includes 12 regular-season men’s conference matchups featuring each of the 12 institutions, the Women’s Hockey East championship game, and one men’s playoff tilt.

The schedule is highlighted by a late-season double-header on Friday, February 24, featuring Notre Dame at Boston University and Boston College at UMass Lowell during the league’s final weekend of regular season play. Also set to be shown on television this year will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matchup between the Eagles and Terriers on Monday, January 16 and a rematch of the 2016 Hockey East Championship between Northeastern and UMass Lowell on Friday, January 27.

ASN will broadcast select Hockey East contests as part of a Friday night double-header, showcasing eastern college hockey programs at 6 p.m. ET followed by western teams at 8:30 p.m. A full schedule will be announced at a later date.

Ted Ryan Named Joe Concannon Award Winner

Burlington Free Press Reporter Is 25th Recipient of Prestigious Award

The prestigious honor, named in 2001 in memory of long-time Boston Globe sportswriter Joe Concannon, is bestowed annually upon a member of the media who has demonstrated a superior body of work in covering and promoting the Hockey East Association over an extended period of time.

Ryan has been the primary beat writer for Vermont’s hockey team for over 40 years, covering the men’s program through its rise in the ECAC Division II in the 1960s and 1970s through the program’s first Division I season in 1974 and during its move into Hockey East in 2005. While covering the men’s program extensively, Ryan has also covered the women’s Catamounts program, while also serving multiple other schools throughout the state of Vermont.

For his efforts, Ryan has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association State Sportswriter of the Year four times in 1974, 1978, 1985 and 1998. Ryan removed himself from the ballot after 1998, so other writers could also be honored with the award. Ryan was also bestowed with the Norwich University Athletics Media Award in 2005 and was inducted into the Vermont Principal Association Hall of Fame in May 2006.

Throughout his career, Ryan also has served as a voter for several national awards and polls, including all divisions of college hockey, the Hobey Baker Award, the Heisman Trophy, and the New England Hockey Writers awards.

Frozen Fenway Schedule

The 2017 Capital One Frozen Fenway events will have something for all hockey fans and is as follows:

Thursday, January 5, 2017: Atlantic Hockey Division I Men’s College Hockey Game

  • Army vs. Bentley University at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 7, 2017: Hockey East Doubleheader

  • Boston University vs. University of Massachusetts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Boston College vs. Providence College at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017: Women’s and Girls Hockey Day

  • Nobles & Greenough vs. BB&N at 3:00 p.m.
  • Girls Youth Hockey Clinic at 5:00 p.m.
  • Harvard University vs. Boston College at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 12, 2017: Division III Women’s and Men’s College Hockey Games

  • Connecticut College vs. Bowdoin (NESCAC, women) at 4:00 p.m.
  • UMass Boston vs. Babson (New England Hockey Conference, men) at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 14, 2017: Hockey East Doubleheader

  • University of Maine vs. University of Connecticut at 4:00 p.m.
  • University of New Hampshire vs. Northeastern University at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Capital One Frozen Fenway 2017, including how to purchase tickets and additional schedule updates, please visitredsox.com/frozenfenway.

Boston University to Host Women’s Hockey East Championship

Women’s Champion Will Be Crowned at Walter Brown Arena

The Women’s Hockey East Tournament Championship Weekend at Walter Brown Arena will take place on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5. The tournament will decide the winner of the Bertagna Trophy in the league’s 15th anniversary season.

Information regarding ticket sales and surrounding events will be released at a future date.

2017 Hockey East Championship Tickets On Sale Oct. 7

33rd Annual Tournament Returns to TD Garden March 17-18

Tickets for the 2017 Hockey East Championship Tournament at the TD Garden will go on sale Friday, October 7 at 11:00am at the TD Garden Box Office. Tickets can also be purchased online at

www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Hockey East Tournament semifinal games will take place Friday, March 17. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices start at just $17 in the balcony, $37 in the loge, and $41 for club seats and the first row of the loge.

Semifinal tickets include admission to both semifinal games. Winners of the semifinals will advance to the Hockey East title game, set for 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18, to determine the winner of the Lamoriello Trophy. Student tickets, located in the upper balcony, will be made available for $10 when showing a valid student ID, either on campus or at the TD Garden Box Office. Groups of 15 or more are also eligible for a $5 discount on $17 balcony seats and a $7 discount on select loge seats. All discounted tickets must be purchased at the TD Garden Box Office. To take advantage of group discounted tickets, contact the TD Garden group sales department at 617-624-1805 or groupsales@tdgarden.com Tickets will become available on the campuses beginning on Monday, March 13 when the four remaining schools are identified.

Coaches Choose Boston University as Team To Beat

Coaches poll in predicted order of finish:

  1. Boston University
  2. Northeastern
  3. Notre Dame
  4. UMass Lowell
  5. Providence
  6. Boston College
  7. UConn
  8. Vermont
  9. Merrimack
  10. New Hampshire
  11. Massachusetts
  12. Maine

Follow ESPN New Hampshire’s NHL/NCAA Writer, Shawn Hutcheon, on Twitter at @ShawnHutcheon.

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